Magnetic South is an analog recording studio and record label. Capturing the grittiest, most far out sounds in the hills of Southern Indiana since 2008.


artist: Vacation Club
title: Heaven is Too High
format: 12" vinyl record [black]
released: May 2014 [500 copies]

Vacation Club’s debut full-length HEAVEN IS TOO HIGH fries you blind with a most pleasant and poisonous cocktail of psych-pop. The Indiana four-piece delivers infectiously poppy bubblegum chewed up and spit out by the agitated and chemical laced mind of misspent Midwestern youth.

In the tradition of HOOSIER HYSTERIA proto-punk, ala the Gizmos and the Panics, the Vacation boys turn the sounds of rocknroll’s distant shores into a homebaked brand of mutant sunshine and junkstore adrenaline. HEAVEN’S 11 tracks are sweet-tart melodies wrapped in colorful capsules that will turn your innards into a kaleidoscopic feast of rocknroll’s most alkaline fruit flavors.

Catchy punk riffs and teenybop backup vocals dart through stratospheric layers of reverb and corrosive fuzz guitar. With equal parts Daniel Johnston’s boy wonder and Johnny Rotten’s snottiness, Samuel James’s hormone-fueled and soda-lacquered voice cuts through all the paranoid chatter and leaves your better angels dead on the dissection table. Because heaven’s too high and she’s worth every shot.

Black vinyl records inside full color jacket with b/w insert.

artist: Thee Tsunamis
title: Delirium and Dark Waters
format: 7" vinyl record [transparent green]
released: March 2014 [500 copies]

Thee Tsunamis couldn't surf if their lives depended on it. But that don't mean these waters are safe to tread. The landlocked trio rattle that rock'n'roll cage with waves of teenage hysteria, and baptize you with reverb as thick as mud. On Delirium and Dark Waters, Betsy's Mustang, Josie's Univox, and Sharlene's bongo beats form a Bermuda triangle of sonic wreckage that channels Link Wray, the Sonics, and their High Priestess Poison Ivy. On a chill September night in Magnetic South's subterranean kitchen, Thee Tsunamis let loose 4 spooky, psychedelic tittyshakers and Cthulhu chants: Haunted House, Down at the Swamp, Spellcaster Lounge and Psycho. The junkyard twang and many-tentacled fuzz contained herein will sear your eardrums irrevocably with rock&roll's best kept secret: SHE LIVES!

Transparent green records with black & white labels inside printed jacket.

artist: Thee Tsunamis
title: A Goodbad Man is Hard to Find
format: C28 [TYPE I - pro-dubbed]
released: 1st Pressing (May 2013) - 3rd Pressing (Summer 2014)

Smoldering minimal Rock 'n' Roll trio Thee Tsunamis are likely to leave you more scorched than soggy when their wave crashes on the beach. 6 string dynamite exploding with a touch of twang, plus plenty of scream and skronk to make the surfers drop their boards and run for cover.

Glossy full color double-sided insert & pro-dubbed clear cassette with white imprint inside clear hardshell case.

artist: Daring Ear
title: Afterflash
format: C36 [TYPE I - pro-dubbed]
released: Autumn 2013

Oakland, CA's Daring Ear returns with a limited edition cassette on heralded Southern Indiana label/studio, Magnetic South. This time around Daring Ear's Aaron Deer returns to his old haunt to conjure a truly dreamy / atmospheric experience. Joined by friends and former bandmates, "Afterflash" was recorded and mixed in 2 manic hippie speedball fuled days at Magnetic South Studios. The result is certainly more of a floating ambient affair than anything the label has previously produced. Psych-beat sorceries meet sitar swells and haunted space. The pulse of life holds and releases. Featuring members of Apache Dropout, Sitar Outreach Ministry, and Normanoak. Recorded and mixed entirely analog by John Dawson.

Glossy full color double-sided insert & pro-dubbed clear cassette with white imprint inside clear hardshell case.

artist: Puppy vs. Dyslexia
title: Against All Todds
format: C66 [TYPE I - pro-dubbed]
released: 05/23/13

Magnetic South is pleased to present the (mostly) first time packaging of inscrutable Kentuckianian rare birds' 2005 studio work. Puppy inhabited it's own relentlessly google-eyed un-naturalist universe haunted by nude, Lisa Frank-headed contortionists where ritualistic sensibilities blurred the boundaries of sexual horror and adorable fluffs. The sound of depraved children blasted by speedy acid, boredom, and Boredoms that escaped to develop a unique lexicon of manic trance and transformational shamanic hootenanny.

Glossy full color double-sided insert & pro-dubbed clear cassette with white imprint inside clear hardshell case.

artist: Blank Realm
title: Revolting Classics
format: C90 [TYPE I - pro-dubbed]
released: 05/23/13

Enigmatic early recordings reveal the genesis of the unclassifiable Australians abstract punk meditations. Ambient sequences merge with spontaneous rock-outs both restrained and liberated, layered with treated vocals, boiling over onto fried trash burners.

Glossy b/w double-sided insert & pro-dubbed white cassette with black imprint inside clear hardshell case.

artist: Thee Open Sex
title: Self-titled
format: 12" vinyl record [black]
released: 01/04/13

In 2013, after years in the midwestern freak scene pushing ear splitting cassettes, the rest of the Earth will discover Thee Open Sex. With their first proper full length, they approach the American alienation of Rocket From the Tombs as reductionists, aligning with German art rock robotics from the viewpoint of John Lydon.

While there’s a thousand bands mining the 70’s German minimalist psyche aesthetic, Thee Open Sex gets down on the Berlin street of Eno or Bowie as much as it explores Can's Inner Space. Songs come unhinged in the the cosmic pathways connecting the trance of Popul Vu, with Eddie Hazel's electromagnetism and the hypnotic thump of “Lust for Life.” The captivating aggression in vocalist Miss Mess suggests a spiritual depth while staying grounded on the planet where the Pagans and Dow Jones and the Industrials set up their amps. Her delivery emanates the bad-girl vibes of influential exploitation film “The Switchblade Sisters” instead of New Age ether.

Each of these songs were recorded at the all analogue Magnetic South studio in Bloomington, Indiana by John Dawson and Haley Fohr (aka Circuit des Yeux). Cover art from the mind of Mad Monk and Xerox the Kid.

12" record housed inside of black and white jacket with b/w insert.

artist: Circuit Des Yeux
title: CDY3
format: 10" vinyl record [black]
released: 01/04/13

The cryptic vision of Circuit des Yeux becomes ever more formed with this minialbum. Whereas the oft solo Chicago-based Haley Fohr is backed with a tourlearned combo to push these three songs into maximal view then, off into obliteration. Yet, the focus remains Fohr’s haunted, mournful melodies, where the edges of her voice twist toward inner conflict and white light aggression, and intricate feedback architecture of her guitar playing.

In this near anthem rock mode the songs become a liberation from the cacophonous orchestrations fashioned throughout Symphone and Sirenum and the isolation of last year’s Portrait -- all full-lengths on the De Stijl label. The retelling of “I’m On Fire” and the new "Lithonia" are classic structures filtered through Fohr's Romantic spirit and an emotional weight not far from Catherine Ribeiro or Peter Jefferies. The B-side “Helen, You Bitch” is a smudged, concrčte-purposed solo that builds with drums and more guitar until the end.

Recorded at the all analogue Magnetic South in Bloomington, Indiana, this 300 edition 10-inch is the studio’s first widespread release on its in-house label after previous titles from Apache Dropout, Learner Dancer and Tammar.

10" record housed inside of black and white cardstock foldover sleeve with b/w insert.

artist: Apache Dropout
title: Bubblegum Graveyard
format: C60 [TYPE I - pro-dubbed]
released: Summer 2012 [300 copies]

Traveling down the long road of Indiana's great & rich musical history will lead you past The Gizmos, The Zero Boys, Brad Long, Zerfas & eventually to Bloomington trio Apache Dropout. The band's self-titled 2011 album was a kick in the pants to everyone who dared cry that 'rock is dead,' infusing psych, garage, pop & boogie with enough soul & blood to pump a thousand hearts.

Pro-dubbed cassettes in clear shells with white imprinting and full color inserts.

artist: Apache Dropout
title: Do the Splendid Crown
format: 7" [mono - black wax]
released: Summer 2009 [420 copies]

First vinyl outing from Apache Dropout. A heavy dance number backed with a dark ballad reveals these weirdos at their rawest. Get it while you can.

Black vinyl with red and silver labels. Black ink on red cardstock insert, inside of thick paper foldover with handstamped art in dozens of colors.